Source | www.forbes.com | Chris Myers
If you think back to your childhood and the unique dynamic of playground politics, you’ll probably remember everyone jockeying to be “the leader.” I know that in my experience, everyone always wanted to be in charge and tell the others what to do.
This desire to be “in charge” is the modern manifestation of a very ancient aspect of the human mind. We all want to ensure that we are fed first, that our families are safe, and that we survive no matter what.
Unfortunately, this primal perspective has endured and wormed its way into the modern understanding of leadership.
It can often feel like nothing has changed from our days on the playground. Everyone wants to be “the leader” and put themselves first.
This, however, isn’t leadership; it’s mere selfishness. True leadership requires sacrifice, humility, and a commitment to a higher cause.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be a leader. No matter where you look today, authentic leadership seems to be in short supply.
There are a lot of “bosses” out there, to be sure. But what I struggle to see, in business, politics, and life, are true leaders who bring us together, inspire us to achieve great things, and bring out the best in us.
The hard, unforgiving truth is that leadership requires sacrifice. It’s painful, costly, and often thankless. I think it’s time that we as a society remind ourselves of what leadership is all about.